The AECOM report is an independent assessment of the Galmoy Mine in Co. Kilkenny and Lisheen Mine in Co. Tipperary which ceased operation in 2012 and 2015 respectively. Both mines are now at an advanced stage of rehabilitation or have entered aftercare (monitoring period after mine rehabilitation).
The mines are the first in Ireland to be opened, operated and closed under modern mining, planning and environmental regulation. The Exploration and Mining Division of the Department saw the opportunity to critically assess the effects of mining on the locality throughout the entire mine life cycle. The report assesses the impact of the mines on communities from a social, environmental and economic aspect.